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  • I'm blue
    Da ba dee da ba die
    Like the endless autumn sky
    Stretching beyond
    The edge of everything
    And the veins coursing fragile
    Inside my wrists
    And under my eye,
    The left one,
    The driver's side eye.
    The map on the back
    Of my tired thighs
    Crisscrosses my legs
    Like interstates drafted on paper
    With the rivers and lakes,
    The land sprawling
    Between brown eyes and blue.
    An ocean crashes
    On the shores of my mind
    As I lose myself in their depth
    As familiar as my favorite jeans,
    Soft and strong,
    And the comforter
    We bought for Scott
    When he graduated high school
    In his navy blazer
    After playing guitar on the porch
    With Grandpa Dean
    While Mom and Amy argued
    In the bathroom upstairs.
    The house wasn't
    The blue one on ninth,
    The one with the pool table
    And number two ball cracking
    Against the rails.
    That house was gone.
    The kids never saw it,
    The house on ninth,
    The house where we lived,
    The kids who aren't kids anymore,
    And he's almost a man,
    The boy in dress blues,
    Who plans to enlist
    When winter passes.
    One sister wears wings.
    One sister dreams
    In shades of the past,
    And my blue canvas sneakers
    Take me so far,
    Far away from here.
    The steel blue of my Jeep
    Once took me farther,
    But thoughts of my Jeep
    Color me blue
    Because I don't drive anymore.
    I cannot follow
    The endless autumn sky
    On interstates
    Crisscrossing the nation
    From ocean to ocean,
    From sea to shining blue sea.
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